Dump Your Christmas Tree in the Hamptons (Legally)

Christmas Tree dumped by trashcan
Photo, Jonny Hughes

The holiday season is officially over in the Hamptons (and everywhere else). It’s time to stop procrastinating and take down your Christmas tree.

No one likes the dreaded chore, but there’s a bright side for residents of East Hampton and Southampton townships. Until the end of the month, dead Christmas trees can be disposed of for free. If that’s not motivation enough, consider the that anyone still displaying a lighted and decorated tree past January looks a little nuts, not to mention lazy. Get rid of the ornaments and lights, and your town will take care of the rest. See how, when and where below.

If you live within Southampton Town, trees must be dropped off. There is no pickup, and leaving them in the dunes is not permitted.

If you get there before January 31, your tree will be accepted free of charge. After that, there’s a $5 fee.

Drop off locations accepting Christmas trees:

66 Old Country Road
8 a.m. – 4 p.m, closed Wednesdays

Hampton Bays
Jackson Avenue
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., open daily

North Sea
1370 Majors Path
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., open daily

If you live in East Hampton Town, you’re lucky. Just leave your tree in front of your house and the Highway Department will be there to pick it up. There is no exact date on when this will occur, but rest assured that the department is making their way around. Be sure to have your tree out there and ready or you’ll miss the boat.

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